Where in the Bible does it say that homosexuality is a sin?

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gay-flagBefore we allow the Bible to answer your question, you need to know that although God hates sin, He loves the sinner to the point of death “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting” (John 3:16).

The scriptures teaches that homosexuality is a sin in Genesis 19:1-13 and that it is an abomination to the Lord “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13).

In the New Testament, it also stated in Romans 1:26-27 that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. Also in 1 Corinthians 6:9,  it is very clear that all who practice sin, including homosexuality, will not inherit the kingdom of God “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Bible tells us that we all are sinners (Romans 3:23) and are born with flesh that lusts after sin (Ephesians 2:3). Some people struggle with homosexual lust, but that lust is considered a sin only when the person gives into it and commits the sinful act (James 1: 14-15). 

A person may be born with a greater propensity to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to lust heterosexually. But that does not excuse the person in choosing to sin by giving in to his sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater tendency to anger, for example, does that give him the right to give in to those tendencies? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.

The good news is that God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to any sinner (2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:9). God promises not just to forgive the sinner but to also give him full strength to have victory over every sin, including homosexuality. The promise of a new nature is given to all those who believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation. ”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then, the believer can declare triumphantly, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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